Monday, March 20, 2006

Overbuilding Concerns Three Area Civics

Under the banner of the North Shore Civic Council, the Todd Estates, Hill Terrance, and Glenwood / Glen Head civic associations have united to address concerns about building trends that all three groups believe threaten the character and quality of life in Glen Head and Glenwood Landing.

These trends include:

• an increase in the number of homes that have been demolished or that are threatened with demolition;

• construction practices that routinely maximize every possible parameter permitted by the zoning code;

• the subdivision of so-called “oversized” lots into two or more parcels that are often much larger than the average existing lot size in a particular neighborhood;

• development of the last open lots in the area and of lots that had formerly been considered marginally buildable—or even unbuildable;

• neglect in portions of the Glenwood Landing and Glen Head business districts.

We have requested a meeting with the Town of Oyster Bay to discuss provisions of the zoning code that are pertinent to these concerns, as well as to explore how the code might be amended to better protect the character of Glen Head and Glenwood Landing.

Originally formed 40 years ago by five civic groups that were active at the time, the North Shore Civic Council was revived last year by groups that are currently active in Todd Estates, Hill Terrace, Harbor View, Radcliff Manor, and the area between Kissam and Scudders lanes and Glen Cove Avenue and Shore Road.

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